Pattaya, the 19th of September 2010 [PDN]: At approximately 7:30pm on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Wallop Kangtharathip (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified of a suspected foreign suicide at the Drunken Duck Guesthouse in Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya. A team of police and rescue services were dispatched to the incident.
On arrival at the scene, a four-storey guesthouse with ground-floor bar, officers found the deceased man, Mr. Paul Louis George Verrieres , an Irish national, hanging from the television-shelf installed in his third-floor room. A bed sheet had been used as the noose.
Initial investigations did not reveal any apparent signs of a struggle or assault, while a chair, suspected to have been used in the suicide, was found knocked over on the floor. A minimal amount of personal effects were found still present in the room.
Interrogation of Miss Jurirat Polnara , the guesthouse owner, revealed that Mr. Verrieres had checked into the residence on the 10th of September, with no checkout date specified. Payment for the accommodation was not made upfront, while Miss Polnara revealed that the deceased had continued to avoid discussing monetary matters on their brief encounters.
On the day of the incident, Miss Polnara explains that she had gone to Mr. Verrieres room to again inquire about payment, finding no response when knocking on the door several times. Using the spare key, she accessed the room to find Mr. Verrieres having committed suicide at which point she informed authorities.
Following investigations, Lt. Col. Kangtharathip explained that no visible signs of a homicide were present, speculating that the deceased had decided to commit suicide over possible financial hardships and/or depression. Mr. Verrieres body has now been sent for autopsy, while the British Embassy will be informed of the incident.
Editor’s note: Yet another suspicious case of foreign suicide in Pattaya is under-investigated by authorities. In the high-resolution (unedited) photographs and video, we see the deceased’s feet clearly touching the floor, which is unusual (he would have been able to stand). In addition, the usual telltale signs of a hanging were not evident on the deceased’s face.
“Police speculate that the deceased committed suicide over financial hardships”, 9-days debt from a room at a guesthouse in Soi Buakao would equate to under Bt10,000, assuming he was not running from further issues.
Owners Note (Greg Bonar): The man had issues stemming from a divorce in the UK, the breakup of his family and work related problems. He had drifted from hotel to hotel, leaving a trail of unpaid rent. He was suppose to leave on a flight back to the UK at 0130 the next AM, he stayed in his room most of the day, not wanting it cleaned or giving an explanation as to how he was going to pay for his stay.